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Elections and Government Accountability: Evidence from the US State Courts

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Title: Elections and Government Accountability: Evidence from the US State Courts
País: USA
Idioma: English 
Fuente: Fuente: YaleFuente: Yale
Reseña: This paper examines the damage that runaway spending in judicial elections is having on ourstate judiciaries, and offers several policy recommendations that states should consider in respondingto the threat that outsized campaign spending poses to fair and independent courts. It firstsummarizes recent trends in judicial election spending and documents the impact that escalatingspending is having on public confidence in the courts. Next, the paper highlights seven states inwhich Citizens United’s impact on judicial campaigns is likely to be significant, and explains why thedecision is likely to spur increased special interest spending in judicial elections. The paper concludeswith proposals for responding to our increasingly expensive judicial elections: public financing forjudicial campaigns; enhanced disclosure and disqualification rules; and replacing judicial electionswith merit selection systems in which bipartisan committees nominate the most qualified applicants,governors appoint judges from the nominees, and voters choose whether to retain the judges at theballot box.coverage affects voter turnout only in non-partisan elections.


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